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Book Review: Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Tell the WolvesI thoroughly enjoyed this book as a bit of winter vacation reading. I enjoyed the writing, I enjoyed the setting, I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the subject matter, and I enjoyed the unique story.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home tells the story of June Elbus, her sister Greta, and her beloved uncle Finn, who is dying of AIDS in the early years of the epidemic. June adores her uncle, with an adolescent crush on him she tries to hide. He is a famous artist with an apartment in the city, and he dotes on her with special outings and attentions. Before his death, he paints a portrait of June and Greta, to bind them together. When he dies, she receives a secret package containing some of his treasures, and it is delivered by his lover Toby, whom her parents banned from any relationship with her. She begins a secret relationship with Toby, born of mutual grief. Even while it is still secret, it causes enormous tensions within all the family relationships, and the painting becomes the key to everything. To say more would spoil the plot, but trust me when I say it is a story worth reading.

The story is unusual, intricate and moving, with characters that you enjoy and understand and inspire compassion from beginning to end. I wanted to have an uncle like Finn, with a partner like Toby. In spite of the pain and grief of the story, I wanted it to go on and on.

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I am a full-time pastor in the United Church of Christ, mother of a young child (B.), married to an aspiring academic and curmudgeon (J.). I live by faith, intuition and intellect. I follow politics, football and the Boston Red Sox. I like to talk about progressive issues, theological concerns, church life, the impact of technology and media, pop culture and books.

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